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UTMB Executive Committee



Donna K. Sollenberger, MA

Executive Vice President and CEO, UTMB Health System


Since 2009, Donna K. Sollenberger has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she oversees all clinical strategy and operations of a system that includes five hospitals and 70 clinics, plus a healthcare system that serves the health care needs of two-thirds of Texas’ offenders.

Under her leadership, UTMB has made numerous quality improvements, including increases in patient satisfaction, and achieved many awards and accolades, including designation as an ANCC Magnet for Nursing, accreditation by The Joint Commission for stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care, and the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines—Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award.

Ms. Sollenberger led UTMB in the first collaboration among University of Texas System institutions, partnering with MD Anderson Cancer Center to care for cancer patients. She also helped facilitate a clinical affiliation between UTMB and CVS Health to enhance patient access to high-quality, affordable health care services, such as medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs. In August 2014, she assumed responsibility for the Angleton Danbury Medical Center (now the UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus) through a long-term lease negotiated with the Angleton Danbury Hospital District. She has been influential in developing many community partnerships across the region.

Throughout her tenure at UTMB, she has overseen plans for numerous health care facility renovations and construction projects, including new and consolidated clinic locations, the addition of a new clinical services wing on the Galveston campus, and opened the Jennie Sealy Hospital and League City Hospital. She has also led the implementation of various cutting-edge health information technologies, including a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system that created a safer patient care processes, a single medical record for patients, and unified scheduling, registration and billing functions across the organization.

Ms. Sollenberger currently serves on the Board of America’s Essential Hospitals as Chair-elect, as well as on the Finance and Policy Advisory Committees. She is on the Data and Analytics Committee and the member Board of Vizient and also serves on the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics Advisory Council. She previously served on the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council, the AHA Nominating Committee, the AHA Committee on Performance Improvement, and the Board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Prior to joining UTMB Health, Sollenberger was Executive Vice President and CEO of the Baylor Clinic and Hospital. She also served as president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Executive Vice President and COO of City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Vice President for Hospital and Clinics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Sollenberger is from Springfield, Illinois and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield where she was the 2016 Commencement speaker.













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